Manager Quinn keen for Brighouse Town to keep on track at top

Brighouse Town manager Paul Quinn
Brighouse Town manager Paul Quinn

FIFTH-PLACED Brighouse Town, buoyed by an eight-point haul in the past 10 days and seeing clubs above them in the table lose on Tuesday night, head to Harrogate on Saturday in search of more.

They take on second from bottom Railway Athletic (3.00pm), who collected their first point since September 7 with a very creditable 2-2 draw away to Scarborough Athletic on Tuesday night.

After defeating Mossley 2-0 at Station View on that September day the Railwaymen have lost 6-0 to Trafford, 1-0 back at Mossley, 6-3 at Warrington, and 1-0 at home to leaders Northwich Victoria last Saturday in stoppage time, which does show Town manager Paul Quinn that they are possibly on the turn.

After learning of their draw at the Bridlington home of the Seadogs, Quinn said Lee Ashcroft’s side would be given the full respect they deserve despite their lowly position.

“There are no easy games in this division and particularly at the sloping Station View ground,” continued the manager.

“You only have to look at virtually taking Northwich to a draw and then grabbing a point away on the Tuesday night after in what will have been a tough journey to realise we will have our work cut out to keep on the roll we are on at the moment.

“We always knew we had built a good squad for this campaign after testing the waters out last term and the lads are repaying our faith in them.

“James Pollard took a knock in the first half against Farsley and we erred on the side of caution by taking him off after 20 minutes in the second half on Monday night.

“We should be selecting from almost full strength on Saturday with just Will Tolley recovering from a bad ankle knock.”

When questioned on Town’s lofty position, Quinn said it is still very early in the season but he and his coaching staff were pleased, and with Glossop North End losing 2-1 to Droylsden and Warrington 3-1 at home to Burscough on Tuesday, there was only eight points to the top of the table and Town had two games in hand.

Quinn added: “After this weekend’s league game, we have two cup ties to take care of, an FA Trophy game at Warrington, which is worth money to the club to progress, and then on Monday, November 2 we have Harrogate Town at the Dual Seal in the first round of the West Riding County Cup.

“I am delighted with the support we have had for the last two home games, bordering on 600 in total for them and that is most important to this club and, I know, the word is getting around the town.”

Tonight, the club’s Development team are away to Silsden in the Galaxy Lancashire League Cup second leg – the first still having to be fitted in owing to last week’s postponement owing to plumbing problems in the dressing room.

Next Monday evening (7.45) they entertain Goole in a league game.

“The very young team is doing exceptionally well and adding to the strength in depth we now possess at this club. Charlie Tolley, Barry Thomas and Simon Ward keep me up to speed and I watch them when first-team commitments allow,” added Quinn.

Chief executive Chris Lister was delighted with the club’s golf day at Bradley Hall GC last Sunday and said £450 had been raised for club funds and a good day was had by all.

“We are looking to hold a sportsman’s dinner early in the new year and are working hard at getting more industry and commerce in the town and surrounding districts into backing the club,” he added.